Archive for August, 2011

“I Wish I Knew” link

For today’s blog, I’m going to share an insightful blog post titled “The 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Youth Ministry“.  A great read for people involved with Youth Ministry.




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Exciting Things at Goss Memorial

Good afternoon.  I hope your Friday is going well.  If it’s not, I’d like to let you know about some exciting things going on at Goss Memorial.

1.  Answers in Genesis Video Conference – This Sunday, August 28th.

This may sound like a Sunday off for the pastor, but in reality it is our hope and prayer that you will find this presentations challenging in ways which will re-energize your love and passion for God’s Word.  This weekend will also make us think about our own views of Genesis 1-11 and whether we are prepared to tell others and teach our children that there are answers to questions unbelievers and evolutionists ask.


9:15 Sunday School (in fellowship hall)  Topic:  Where did God come from?

10:30 Worship Service (in sanctuary) Topic: Genesis: The Key to Reclaiming the Culture

5:00 p.m. FELLOWSHIP DINNER. Families invited, please bring a side dish or dessert.  Main dish and beverages provided.

6:00 p.m. Evening session and child care.  Topic:  What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?

Hope to see you there!

2. Wednesday evening merge!

We are excited about our upcoming Wednesday night programs.  For the first time all ages will be invited to participate in Wednesday evenings.  A complete listing of programs, etc. can be found on our Activities page of our website.  PLEASE pray with us for a smooth transition to this model, for good communication among leaders as issues may arise, and for good enthusiastic participation.

3.  God is working.

This is a very general encouragement to our church body that we are seeing good things happen as of late.  Please keep praying that God will be at work in the hearts and lives of our church body.  We pray for continued spiritual growth and the results of seeing people challenged to leave the ways of sin for the satisfaction of following Christ!


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The Creator

Isaiah 40:28 : Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Matthew 19:4-5 : “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’.”

Romans 1:25 : They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

God being the Creator matters.  Genesis chapters 1-11 probably mean more to our faith than we think.  I hope you will join us (and spread the word to others), this Sunday as examine creation theology through the Answers in Genesis study.



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Are Adam and Eve Still Relevant Today?

Dumb question for a title.  Of course.  And these articles will show you how Biblical compromise has led to a number of varying beliefs – among Bible believing Christians.  You probably will not agree with all these articles, but they will help you frame what is at stake.

Here’s a story from NPR that shows evangelical Christians question Adam and Eve.

Here’s a story from Christianity Today that talks about Adam and Eve’s existence as it’s tied to the Gospel.

This is a long article about scientific evidence at the center of the controversy.

This is a response to the long article above – from Answers in Genesis.

I hope you get a chance to read these articles as we prepare for next Sunday’s video conference from Answers in Genesis.

You can check out their website here.

Have a great Friday everyone.  Be challenged!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin


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Today I’m Praying For . . .

1. Marriages.  Seems like marriages are always under attack.  I’m praying that those who’ve made the commitment to honor Jesus through their marriage will be strengthened.

2. Families.  I’m praying for parents to seeks and display godly wisdom in raising their kids.  I’m praying for kids to have hearts to trust in the security and guidance their parents provide.

3. Jobs.  I’m praying for some specific people to find jobs.

4. Recent births.  I am praying for families with children recently born – that God would provide strength for the coming days of less sleep.  Also, I’m praying for a firm foundation of faith to be provided for these little ones!

5. Wisdom.  I always need wisdom to make good decisions.

6. Friends.  I’m praying for some friends who don’t know Jesus and who don’t attend church.  I pray that God would work in their hearts and lives and show them the Way to true peace!

7. Those struggling.  I pray for anyone struggling in pain-whether physical or emotional.  May God grant healing, comfort, and release.

8. The victims of the shootings in Copley.  What a terrible event.  So many things in this life go unexplained.  I pray that hearts will trust in God for His ultimate purposes that we can’t sometimes see or understand.

9. Passion.  I pray that the passion of believers in our church, in our community, and around the world will strengthen and grow and that no one would question the sincerity of the commitment made to Christ.  I pray others would just see how on fire Christians are!

10.  Finally, I’m praying for Jesus to return.

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Let us mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Three days ago, a Copley man targeted and murdered 8 Copley residents, including 4 children.  This tragedy not only made national news, but also directly affects many adults and youth in the Akron area, and some have a connection to our church community.

Questions of why will certainly fill our minds.  Why would this man do this?  Why don’t we have more strict gun laws?  Why would God allow this?  Unfortunately, many of these questions will not be answerable and will not bring comfort.

The truth is, sin is everywhere.  If you want to make a difference in the world, reconcile with your neighbor.  Make amends with your spouse.  Love your children with all that you have.  We know what sin does to us.  It eats us alive.  We are no better than the man who killed his neighbors.  We all need to take repentance and reconciliation seriously.

We all, so desperately, need Jesus Christ to pull us out of sin and hell.

Let us mourn over our sins, over the sins of the shooter, and for our Akron community.

Come, Lord Jesus.



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10 Thoughts for Friday

1.  Recognize God’s activity in the world and respond to it.  If you don’t know what He’s done or why He might love you, ask!

2.  If you’re a parent, make sure your kids know TODAY that you love them.

3.  I’m excited to be a part of a conference for seniors next Wednesday.  For those of you in the 60+ age range, it’s not too late to sign up.  Ask about it Sunday.

4.  I am training for a marathon.

5.  I listened today to Steve Miller’s sermon from 7-3-11, the day I was gone.  He did a fantastic job!

6.  I know three pregnant women all expecting to deliver soon.  Praying for great deliveries and smooth transition to new life situations!

7.  I am officially one year into the position as Senior Pastor of Goss Memorial Church.  Wow.

8.  Do you have a desire to obey Jesus, to submit to Him as the authority of your life?

9.  Encourage someone randomly today.  You’ll never know what it will mean to them.

10.  I’m glad for a friend who is getting some rest on vacation this week.

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